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Castell del Remei dates its origins back to 1780, the first year for which there is documentary evidence of vines planted in the estate. The wine was initially sold bulk and the estate began to sell bottled, barrel-aged wine in the second half of the 19th century. With the help of an oenologist, four grape growing families from Bordeaux began making wines and ageing them in American oak barrels, following French vinification methods. Castell del Remei was the first Catalan winery to put aged wine on the market under its own brand and the first in Spain to work with the French grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon Blanc. The Castell del Remei wines soon earned widespread recognition, receiving numerous awards at international exhibitions. In 1921, major renovation work was carried out in the winery and an annex was built to make white wines. After the vineyards were replanted in the wake of the phylloxera pest, the estate achieved a plantation of over 400 ha of local and international varieties. By then, Castell del Remei had become the largest quality wine producer in Catalonia and its wines continued to receive awards, including the Gold Medal at the Barcelona Universal Exposition of 1929. Personal commitment led the winery to make major investments in the 1980s to renew the vineyards, purchase essential winemaking equipment and consolidate a team of professionals who would guarantee that the quality was maintained throughout every stage of the process. Half of the winery is used for barrel ageing and it currently holds about 1950 French and American oak barrels. The remaining space is occupied by the vinification and wine dispatching halls, offices, a shop and a multi-purpose room which regularly hosts all types of cultural events, presentations, and occasional exhibitions of works by different artists. Since the winery is over two hundred years old, and it is surrounded by vineyards, it can be considered as one of the most traditional and representative château–type wineries in Spain. Castell del Remei Finca Castell del Remei s/n, Castell del Remei (Lleida) 25333 Telephone: (+34) 973 580 200 Fax: 973 718 312 E-mail: info@castelldelremei.com Website: http://www.castelldelremei.com